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30 March – 05 April

Kashmir’s Tulip Festival

This April, come enjoy the glory of spring in Kashmir, where thousands of tulips in full bloom, bursting with colour, transform the valley into a feast for the eyes. 

With a small, group of vivacious women travellers, take in the sight of tulips in gardens, parks and pastures, while discovering the spectacular natural beauty of the region.

Explore the countryside, taking woodland walks, pony rides and trying trout fishing as per your desire, as well as relishing simple pleasures along the way: fresh air, Kashmiri-style chai, a boat ride on the Dal Lake, taste the apples from orchards, as well as good times with new friends.

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30 Mar – 05 Apr

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Here’s a glimpse of the Tulip Festival 2017

Tulip season in Kashmir transforms the land into a colourful patchwork of reds, pinks, yellows and all shades in between. Take a look for yourself! 

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Experiences

Our experiences and activities are expertly curated with inputs from trusted locals.

Accomodation

Best in class hotels that are conveniently located in city centres.

Safety

Our trips are organized with your safety in mind. We collaborate with local tourism authorities extensively.

Guide

Our trips always have a knowledgeable, friendly and expert guide to show you around.

Group

Our groups are deliberately small. We believe such groups make for better shared experiences.

Transport

Our tranport and transfers are always exclusive, private and in small buses.

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Itinerary

Welcome to Srinagar

On arrival at Srinagar airport, you will be met by our representative, who will transfer you to a pretty
houseboat on the Dal Lake.

Spend the rest of the day, mingling with your new travel crew and getting to know them better over a tasty barbecue. 

In the evening, dinner will be served at the houseboat.

   Meals:   Dinner

  Hotel:  Deluxe Houseboat (or similar)

Mughal Gardens + Beautiful Mosques

It’s our first chance to see Kashmir’s famous tulips in bloom!

First up: take in Srinagar’s famed Mughal Gardens. The bonus of visiting them this time of the year are hundreds and hundreds of tulips, at their most spectacular.

We’ll visit the two most popular gardens, the Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh. The brilliant colours of Persian lilac, sweet-smelling roses, scarlet poppies, huge hollyhocks and black poppies bedazzle the eye and perfume the air. Each, dotted by almond and cherry trees and delicate Mughal fountains, bordered by the lovely Dal Lake and framed by the mountains in the background, looks like a holiday card in the making. 

We’ll also stop by Chashme Shahi, the smallest of the Mughal gardens, but just as picturesque as the others.

Head back to the houseboat for a hearty lunch.

In the afternoon: visit Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in the Kashmir valley, and the distinctly spired Shah-i- Hamadan, one of Kashmir’s most beautiful mosques. It’s interiors are decorated in elaborate wood-carvings and papier-mache reliefs.

We’ll have dinner at the houseboat.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  Deluxe Houseboat (or similar)

Drive to Pahalgam

Today, you will drive to Pahalgam, “The Valley of Shepherds”. If there is one place which encapsulates the beauty of Kashmir, it is this sylvan retreat. And the 2 hour drive is just as scenic as the destination, with saffron fields, fir covered mountains and flower strewn pastures around every bend.

En route, stop at Achabal, a small town known for its popular Kashmiri Mughal gardens, that were said to be the favourite retreat of Nur Jahan. Marvel at the tulips here and dip your feet in the cool springs.

We’ll also visit Anantnag, which has a number of sulphur springs that are said to have healing properties, and then the Martand sun temple, an architectural masterpiece, which has featured in many movies, including Haider.

The brooks broaden into streams and the roar of waterfalls can be heard as one approaches Pahalgam, situated at the junction of the Lidder and Sheshnag rivers. On arrival, check in at the hotel.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  Hotel Kalohoi Greens (or similar)

Explore Pahalgam’s natural splendour

With endless meadows, shepherds with their flocks of sheep, pine forests and striking snow-clad Himalayan peaks, it’s no wonder that Pahalgam has been featured in many Bollywood movies. After breakfast at the hotel, you’re free to spend the day exploring the area.

There are plenty of ways to do so. You could choose to go on a day hike and take in the sights of the countryside, the smell of the pine trees, and fill your lungs with fresh air. Or, take a pony ride through the woods and streams. You could even try your hand at trout fishing. The streams meandering through
Pahalgam are teeming with trout’s and anglers.

Baisaran is another must-visit place in Pahalgam. It’s a spectacular meadow surrounded by a pine forest. Towering mountains loom ahead. Just lie on the meadows, enjoying the riot of white, pink, red and yellow tulips that spill over the landscape.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  Hotel Kalohoi Greens (or similar)

Gorgeous views in Gulmarg

After a leisurely breakfast, drive 3.5 hours to Gulmarg, called “The Meadow of Flowers”, although another apt would be the “Switzerland of India”.

You’ll be greeted with views of immense Himalayan ranges including the Nanga Parbat, Harmukh, Apharwat ridge and Sunset peaks. Everything around you is draped in snow, making it feel like a winter wonderland.

You can hike up a few kilometres to Khilanmarg, an upland meadow carpeted with tulips. 
Surrounded by giants like Nanga Parbat and the twin peaks of Nun and Kun, it’s a visual treat
for those who make it this far. If hiking feels cumbersome, don’t worry, you can hire a pony.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  Hotel Rosewood(or similar)

Shikara ride on Dal Lake + ‘Me Time’

Drive back to Srinagar this the morning.

Later: take a Shikara ride on Dal Lake. his is one of the most relaxing and soothing experiences in Kashmir. Sit back and take in the view of the Himalayan mountains and the peaceful silence, broken only by the sound of the oar caressing the waters.

You’ll be free to enjoy ‘me time’ for the rest of the evening. You can go shopping for Kashmiri goods such as soft, embroidered leatherware, fine woollen shawls, or painted bowls and boxes and sample some street food as well; lotus root, potato, chilli and fish fritters in spicy Kashmiri batter is tasty!

We’ll enjoy our final dinner in Kashmir tonight at the hotel.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  Hotel Ennco Resorts (or similar)

Time to head home

Sadly, it’s your last morning in Kashmir. After breakfast, you will be dropped at the Srinagar airport to catch your flight back home.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

Inclusions

A week spent enjoying the beauty of Kashmir during Spring season! 

Enjoy a relaxing Shikara ride at the Dal Lake 
Mughal Gardens: view 1000s of Tulips in full bloom (Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Chashme Shahi)
Excursion to Pahalgam (Achabal, Anantnag)
Excursion to Gulmarg
Visit Jama Masjid and Shah-i- Hamadan mosques

6 Breakfasts
6 Dinners

An English speaking guide to accompany you during tours
Entrance fees to the monuments specified in the itinerary

All transfers in a comfortable Tempo Traveller

All airport transfers on arrival and departure. Please note that arrival and departure transfers will be as per the suggested flight schedules. In the event that you arrive or depart at a time other than that recommended by Byond, a private transfer can be arranged at an additional cost. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Byond is a travel platform founded in 2014. We are based in Bangalore and we create highly personalized and unique travel journeys that are immersive and focus on interactions with local communities and cultures.

We organize and lead small-group journeys for like-minded travellers. Our groups range from women-only travellers to yoga, bikers to wine lovers, mom & kids and more. We also help create customized journeys for private groups.

A comprehensive list of inclusions and exclusions is mentioned above, but across all our trips, we have these in common: exclusive private transfers, breakfast on most days, luxury accommodation (4-star and above), unique experiences, handpicked local experts, gala welcome and farewell dinners and a trip leader who’s there to assist you around the clock.

No. We don't include flights and visa costs in our prices unless specified. We, however, will put you in touch with our partners who can help you.

We value the dynamics and intimacy of a small group and therefore restrict it to around 15 people. Our travellers are friendly and open-minded, and at the end of your trip, you will return with new friends, memorable experiences and incredible stories.

A vast majority of our scheduled trips are suitable for people above 18 years old only. However, we do welcome young adults and children on our private group trips.

Yes, you can customize your trips. We help organize solo journeys that are highly personalized.

Our travellers come from all over India. Bombay, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Calcutta are represented the most.

We believe the early-bird catches the best travel worm :) The early-bird discounts are valid for the first few spots on the group and are not time sensitive. Your travel designer will let you know about the number of spots available.

We have a secure payment gateway that supports payment through credit and debit cards, net-banking and Internet wallets. The payment gateway also supports payment through EMIs. If you are not comfortable with paying online, please let your travel designer know and they'll help you out with alternatives.

Your safety is our number one priority and we design our travel journeys keeping this in mind. We collaborate with tourism boards and there will always be access to emergency contacts and medical support throughout the trip.

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